Mr. Cerny holds both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from American University. He obtained his Bachelors degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1956, and his JD from the Washington College of Law in 1959.
In 2006 he retired as a partner from the firm of Caplin & Drysdale in Virginia. His practice focused on tax law, non-profit law, business law, estate planning, and trade associations. He has assisted the governments of the Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Mongolia, and South Africa in drafting new non-profit laws.
Mr. Cerny has published several articles and is a frequent lecturer, including serving as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, and the Advisory Boards of the Wesley Theological Seminary, the American Friends of the CEELI Institute and the CEELI Institute Supervisory Board in Prague. Mr. Cerny is the Chairman of the Administrative Board, the Board of Trustees and the Foundation of the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. He is also a member of the Order of the Knights of Commenius and received their recognition for Outstanding Philanthropic and Educational activity in 2004.